Reynolds Science Center Planetarium

The Reynolds Planetarium at Henderson State University is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and special occasion place located in the heart of Southwest Arkansas. Open to the public for shows, star-gazing events, field trips, and private functions, the planetarium reflects Henderson State University's commitment to service through educational engagement with the community.  The planetarium is located inside the Reynolds Science Center and run by the Department of Engineering and Physics.

With an 8.2 meter (27.5 ft) diameter dome and state of the art Digitalis Gamma Digital Projection system, The Reynolds Planetarium is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the state of Arkansas. The Digitalis Gamma system can project stars, planets, galaxies, and virtually anything else onto the dome as they look in the real sky (including both the Northern and Southern hemispheres - when was the last time you saw the Southern Cross?) as well as immerse the audience in a full-dome animation show. Shows combine stunning visual effects on the dome with powerful surround sound to transport audiences to all reaches of the universe, from a light-speed trip to see mysterious black holes to the Stars of the Pharaohs.

The Donald W. Reynolds planetarium is a member of the Southwestern Association of Planetariums (SWAP) and the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA).

Planetarium Schedule: A list of public shows for Fall 2017 will be posted at the end of July

When you attend a planetarium show, you will be given a tour of the night's sky, visiting beautiful planets, nebulae, and galaxies. Before your show begins, your guide will point out the fascinating objects you can see that night with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. Plan for 10-15 minutes in addition to the length of your show.

All public shows listed in the schedule will start promptly at 7 p.m., and no late entries will be allowed.

Cost 

  • General Public - $3 per person
  • HSU students, faculty and staff - $1 with school ID
  • OBU students, faculty, and staff - $1 with school ID

Group Showings

The planetarium accommodates various school and community groups throughout the year that wish to visit during the school day. The Department of Engineering and Physics will make every reasonable effort to schedule a show for your group.  

For each group show, the cost is $50 for up to 45 people.  Contact us for group pricing of larger groups.  

To schedule a show for your group, contact:

Denise Cordova
cordovd@hsu.edu
870-230-5162
or
Dr. Rick McDaniel
mcdanir@hsu.edu 
870-230-5170

Click here for a list of Planetarium Shows currently available.